Recent Match Report – India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test 2021/22

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Sri Lanka’s limited attack stood exposed in Mohali

India 357 for 6 (Pant 96, Vihari 58, Embuldeniya 2-107) vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka managed to deny Virat Kohli even a fifty in his 100th Test. They didn’t let Hanuma Vihari convert his fifty into a hundred in his 100th first-class match. By the end of the day, though, they might have regretted getting them out because it brought out Rishabh Pant to the middle, who went from 50 to 96 in 19 delightful balls and ended up dismissed in the 90s for the fifth time in his career. India racked up 357 for 6 in just 85 overs.

Sri Lanka’s limited attack stood exposed on a day-one Mohali pitch, which offered turn from full lengths and promised more in the coming days. Their lack of resources were apparent at the toss when they announced they were playing three fast bowlers on a track that the hosts picked three spinners.

One of them, Lahiru Kumara, broke down in 10.5 overs. The others hardly drew any uncertainty: India batted with 89.4% control. When this is happening and the pitch is not offering you much, you expect your bowlers to keep the scoring under check, but India could hit boundaries without taking risks. They managed 44 of them on the day. The lone specialist spinner, Lasith Embuldeniya, started off well, but lost control of his lengths as the game wore on.

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Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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